Let me sleep, for my soul is intoxicated with your love, let me rest, for my spirit has had its bounty of days
and nights; let me lie in the arms of slumber
for my open eyes are tired; listen with me
and hear the echo of his will racing with my breath!
(paraphrased from The Beauty of Death by Kahil Gibran)
Evelyn Vernice Britt Thomas, the daughter of the late Joe and Alice Britt, was born June 15, 1937 in Branchville, South Carolina where she lived a carefree, yet hardworking life on the farm. She enjoyed competing with her brothers and sisters and each time she would out do them in picking cotton and other chores that had to be done on the farm. At an early age she joined McBranch Baptist Church in Branchville. This was the beginning of Evelyn sharing her gifts and talents, looking out for others, working for the Lord and for mankind. She was a very dedicated worker at church and at her job. She made sure that everything was done right and in order.
Evelyn was educated at the Branchville public schools and graduated from Lockett High School. During the year when Branchville and Bowman high schools merged, she met the love of her life, David Thomas. Soon after graduating from Morris College in Sumter, S.C. with a degree in Elementary Education, Evelyn and David were married on Christmas Eve, 1961 and settled in New York.
Evelyn worked for many years for the New York Department of Children Services as a Social Worker. After she retired, she worked with her husband in the family owned business until they both retired and moved back to their southern roots where they made a peaceful home in Elloree, S.C.
A New Life
Life does not go backwards, life does not tarry with yesterday neither does it remain with today. Life is forever changing and is filled with many experiences.
Family was everything to Evelyn. She spent many of her younger years helping to raise her two oldest grandchildren, Briana and Naiquan, with whom she had a special bond. Despite struggling with the onset of memory loss in recent years, she never forgot what her family meant to her and would often be heard saying, “If you need me, just call me and I’ll be there.”
Her husband’s last gift to her was a trip to New Jersey to see their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren over the Thanksgiving holiday. At one point, the trip was questionable after two trips to the emergency room because Evelyn wasn’t feeling well but days before Thanksgiving the trip was back on and went off beautifully without a hitch. Within 30 minutes of their return home, on November 29, 2021, Evelyn, in the arms of her loving husband, slipped into the waiting arms of Jesus. She returned to her physical home to begin a new life in her heavenly home.
Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband just shy of 60 years, David, Shalita Thomas, daughter, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, Dion Thomas, son (LaShea), Englewood, New Jersey, Ordia Greene (Robert), Brooklyn, NY, sister, Alice Shirley Felder (Sinclair), Branchville, SC, sister, Juanita Mints, Bowman, SC, sister-in-law, Jacob Thomas (Blanche), Bowman, SC, brother-in-law, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends
The service will proceed as follows:
A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 5,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00pm. All those attending the service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.